Saturday, January 28, 2012

Review: Wherein Stephanie Reviews Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns...

Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.

Or not.

Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.

However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student ... an attraction that could jeopardize everything.

My Review:
Originality: Rampant was COMPLETELY original. I mean, how often do you read about unicorns? Killer unicorns at that. Seriously.

Characters: I wasn’t all in love with the characters honestly. It was basically a convent of a bunch of teenaged girls and I had trouble telling them apart. Astrid, the main character, just seemed like she was trying to fit in too much.

Content: I liked the content, the story about killer unicorns. That’s what encouraged me to buy the book. I was however, a little disappointed in how modern it was. I expected it to be like medieval times.
Oh, and I realllyyyy hated how much they talk about sex. Apparently you can only be a unicorn hunter if you’re a virgin. The characters just focused on that topic too much for my liking.

Setting: Rampant was set in Rome. I feel like it wasn’t given justice, though. Sure, there was art described, but I think there should have been more depth with the setting, especially since it’s Italy.

Overall Enjoyment: Overall, I was a little disappointed. I had this book since around July 2011 and just recently read it. Honestly, I’d have to say I’m glad I waited. I’d still tell people to try this book out…your opinion may be different then mine. I wouldn’t say, though, to go straight to the bookstore to buy it. If you run out of books to read, glance it at the library, consider reading Rampant.

P.S. I no longer love unicorns.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am not sure that this is my sort of thing. I appreciate your honesty. Thanks for your thoughts.
-FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews